Six word Saturday: the only clue to George’s parents

Marriage record: George Leslie and Janet Traill. The only record I have found of George's parents' names. From Scotland's People.

Marriage record: George Leslie and Janet Traill, August 1857 in Auchtermuchty, Fife. This is the only record of George’s life which shows his parents’ names. From Scotland’s People.

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15 thoughts on “Six word Saturday: the only clue to George’s parents

  1. Thank you so much. I’ve either been a copywriter or a student for most of my adult life so fitting things to a word count is second-nature. And I like the discipline. Hope all is well with you. I’m a bit behind with my blogging whanau – too many things happening in the rest of life. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Catherine. Yes; Scottish records traditionally showed a woman’s birth name – at least up until the end of the 19th century. I think women actually kept their names after marriage in many cases. It makes doing family history research much easier and I like the idea of my ancestors keeping their names/identities through like. I can’t imagine ever losing my name. I’m not overly fond of it, but it’s who I am.

  2. So many of my friends feel the same way and have never changed their names. It does seem more common here than in the UK. My sister-in-law didn’t change her name and gets a bit of criticism and surprise at the decision. πŸ™‚

    • The Crudens and Blacks are on my mum’s side of the family. I’m in touch with some of my Cruden cousins, but I’ve lived in NZ most of my life and don’t really know my extended family well at all.

      • There is a cruden here who owns his own car garage, (here being Kirkcaldy, fife) are you in Scotland now or are you still in NZ? I just tried a search of Black’s in fife, there are lots!! Lol but it’s showing all their phone numbers if you want them? You might get lucky πŸ™‚

        • Hi Joleen
          I think the Cruden who owns the garage is my mum’s uncle, although he died so it may be his son who’s running it. I’m in New Zealand and have contact with Cruden cousins in Fife and Australia. My Cruden great gran’s maiden name was Black, but I don’t know anyone in that part of the family. From what I’ve learned about 80 percent of my ancestors are from Fife — at least for the last 250 or so years. I’m trying to organise a trip back next year to do some more research, and I’ll get in touch with the cousins before then to see if we can get together and pool resources. Are you related? I love the way the blog has introduced me to distant relations.

        • Lol no I’m not related, Cruden fixes all our cars though :p I’m a Walton, they adopted me when I was 9, my name b4 Walton was McAleese, most of my descendants are from Ireland I think, my mum done what you are doing and found lot’s of long lost family πŸ™‚ I think it’s fascinating, I married 4 years ago so now I’m Carrington, I’d dread looking for me one day haha

          Any help I can give, let me know, might be easier for someone in Fife to do a little research than it is fron NZ πŸ™‚

          Good luck!!

        • Thanks so much Joleen. Have you always lived in Kirkcaldy? You’re right about being an interesting ancestor for future historians to research!!! My sister-in-law is the same. She only got in touch with her birth family (hubby’s parents) a few years ago. Before that, we didn’t know about her at all.

          I’ve only been back a couple of times in the last 15 years, and a bit more often before that. I grew up in NZ but lived in England between 1991-2000. My mum’s moved back and forth between Scotland and NZ, but now lives in England, and one of my brothers lived in Kirkcaldy in the 1990s. I try to keep in touch with cousins; much easier now with email and the internet.

          Great to hear from you. Cheers, Su

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